His Grace Sesa Prabhu, is the minister appointed by the ISKCON GBC body to oversee the Ministry of Education and its members.

As the name implies, this committee is of an executive nature, therefore each member has an executive role to perform. The Executive Committee operates as a team, but each member also undertakes individual projects, directly related to the growth of the ministry. The members are expected to maintain at least 80% participation in the executive committee meetings. The members are required to submit a monthly report on the progress they are making on their individual projects to the  ministry’s executive director, Tapana Misra dasa, who also convenes the meetings of the committee. In the spirit of accountability and effectiveness the executive committee members’ participation shall be evaluated annually. If you would like to participate as a members please send your profile with a statement of purpose on how you would like to assist to viplavah.iskcon@gmail.com.

Members of the Executive Committee

ISKCON Ministry of Education

Sesa Das

Minister Sesa Das joined ISKCON in 1973, inspired by the political activism of the In God We Trust Party for Purified Leaders, organized by members of ISKCON. He is a member of the Governing Body Commission and head of the Ministry of Education. He served as the temple president of both Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia; as the Managing Editor of Back to Godhead magazine; and as the North American Secretary of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. He attended the United States Military Academy and later received a degree in Political Science from the State University of New York, Albany. In 1991 he earned a Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law. He lives in Alachua, Florida, with his wife and two daughters.

Hanumatpresaka Swami

Member Hanumatpresaka Swami was born on the Pacific island of Guam in 1948. He grew up in Arizona and California and graduated first place in Psychology in 1970 with minor studies in biology and electrical engineering from the University of California. He was offered a full fellowship to study for his doctorate in psychology at Northwestern University but as result of his own contemplations and impetus from his doctoral mentor, Dr. Donald Campbell, he headed East and got a Black Belt in Okinawan karate and then was initiated in ISKCON in 1974. In 1984 he took Sannyasa from Bh. Svarupa Damodara Swami and worked with the Bhaktivedanta Institute. In 2004, along with Nitai-gaurasundara Das and others he started and continues to work with the North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (NIOS) which is organizing programs with National Museum of India, National Library of Peru. His interests are academic and cultural teaching such as "Hamlet and Arjuna", "Light of the Bhagavata", "Art and the Sacred", "Psychology and the Sacred" especially the relation of Carl Jung and our Bhagavata culture. NIOS - http://www.niosnimbus.org ASA - HpS - http://www.jayarama.us

Tapana Misra Das

Executive Director and Member Tapana Misra dasa started associating with ISKCON devotees in 1997 while studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Over the following twenty years had the good fortune to serve and experience Krishna consciousness in different environments – university program, temple resident, congregation member, yatra leader and resident at a holy dham. He now lives with his wife Indira-sakhi devi dasi and their two daughter Krishangi and Gaurangi at Sridham Mayapur. Tapana Misra dasa had a very successful career in the secular world, managing investments for large financial institutions and representing the government on the Board of directors of billion dollar plus enterprises. In 2014 at the age of thirty six, he gladly gave up his career in favor of serving ISKCON and adopted simpler living and higher thinking being inspired by his diksha guru H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj, H.D.G. Srila Prabhupada and Srimad Bhagavatam. His voluntary services for ISKCON are - Director, Global Duty Officers, ISKCON; Executive Director, Ministry of Education, ISKCON; Committee Member - GBC Organization Development, GBC Nominations, Mayapur Master Plan Coordination, Mayapur Strategic Planning. Currently his annual teaching commitments include the Bhakti Vaibhava, Bhakti Shastri, GBC College, ISKCON Leadership and Management programs as co-facilitator. He was instrumental in establishing the preaching in a very challenging country in the Middle East which he continues to serve and supervise. Tapana Misra dasa has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and few other professional qualifications. Within ISKCON, Tapana Misra dasa has a received GBC College for Leadership Zonal Supervisor (Gold Medal), GBC Guru Services Committee - Spiritual Leadership diploma and few other educational qualifications. He has traveled widely across the world to over 50 countries and shares Srila Prabhupada’s message wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Atul Krsna Das

Member Atul Krsna dasa joined ISKCON's Melbourne Mahāprabhu Mandir in Australia in 1985. He served as a book distributor and fundraiser in ISKCON Melbourne for 12 years. He preached in Bangladesh from 1996-2000, during which time he learnt fluent Bengali. Since 2000 he has been residing in Sri Dhāma Māyāpur. He teaches in both English & Bengali mediums, throughout India, Bangladesh, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia. He currently serves as the Chairman of the ISKCON Board of Examiners, which sets standards for sastric study courses in ISKCON.

Champakalata Dasi

Member In 1978, as a young girl, Champakalata dasi was introduced by her parents to ISKCON. She subsequently graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (then Howard College) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of South Africa. She practises as a lawyer, lectures on a part-time basis for the Law Society of South Africa and serves as a part-time presiding officer for the Department of Labour. Over the years, she has served ISKCON in many capacities: the Communications Officer as well as the Chairperson of the ISKCON KwaZulu-Natal Management Board. She has also served as the Director of ISKCON’s Central office of Child Protection and currently serves as the International Director for ISKCON’s office for the Prevention of Leadership Misconduct. She lives in Durban, South Africa with her husband and daughter.

Indira-sakhi Devi Dasi

Member Indira-sakhi Devi Dasi has been practicing Krsna consciousness since late 1990s, when she first came in touch with Srila Prabhupada’s books and was inspired by Prabhupada’s rational and straightforward presentation of deep Vedic philosophy. She preached alongside her husband, Tapana Misra Das, in the Middle East countries. She continues to conduct online sastra study classes for the congregation members there. In 2014, she moved to Sridham Mayapur with her husband, and daughters, Krishangi and Gaurangi. She spent considerable time teaching and encouraging her children to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. Resultantly, they are the youngest in ISKCON to have completed Bhakti Vaibhava studies at age 14 and Bhakti Sastri at age 9. She has assisted in editing books written by other devotees in the past, and is currently writing a book on the relevance of Vedic culture for modern women. She holds a master's degree in Computer Science, from the Indian Institute of Technology and previously worked with large corporates, such as HCL and Electronic Data Systems, before transitioning towards full-time service in ISKCON.

Ramagiridhari Das

Member